Russia Warns Of 'Consequences' After Syrian Airstrikes
Russia has responded to last night's airstrikes on Syria, warning that there will be 'consequences'.
Vladimir Putin's Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, referred to the bombings as an 'insult' to the president.
Writing on Twitter, Antonov said: "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.
"Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible. The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries."
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced last night that Britain would be joining the attacks - which had been organised by US President Donald Trump in coordination with France.
According to the Telegraph, the strike killed 70.
Defending her decision to join the operation, May said: "This is the first time as Prime Minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly.
"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest. We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the UK, or anywhere else in our world.
"We would have preferred an alternative path. But on this occasion there is none."
Trump, meanwhile, has issued a stern message of his own to Iran and Russia.
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"The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons," he said.
"Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States."
He added: "To Iran and to Russia I ask - what kind of regime wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?
"The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No state can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators."
Trump also said that Russia must decide 'whether to continue on this dark path or come back to civilisation'.
In a Pentagon briefing shortly after Trump's announcement, General Joseph Dunford confirmed that three targets had been struck, including a scientific research building in Damascus, which has alleged links to the production of chemical and biological weapons.
Russia's foreign ministry said that these strikes, which were a response to last weekend's chemical attack by the Syrian regime, came when the country had 'a chance of a peaceful future'.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook: "Those behind all this claim moral leadership in the world and declare they are exceptional.
"You need to be really exceptional to shell Syria's capital at the moment when it had gained a chance of a peaceful future."
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